The Conference is lookii^ for a volunteer to
serve as Resource Librarian, managingthe
Atlanta-based Conference Resource Center on
a maii-lending basis. The position requires a
commitment of four to eight hours each month,
maintaining the Center's lending activity.
The 1998 Southeast Women's Retreat will
be held November 20-22 at Shocco Springs
Conference Center in Talladega, Alabama un-
derthe theme, God'sAmistad — Aninvitation
to the Table.
AUCC Physicians Fellowship is being es-
ablished. Interested physicians should
send name, address, phone(s), fiix and e-mail
addresses to the Conferaice office.
nnieMeAy&'///i Gathering on Health Care will
Xbe held in Memphis, May 3-5. If you're
interested in attending, call the Conference of-
fice for details.
fci^stration information for the following
J^P^&eesi ir available from the Confer-
ence office —
• May 22-25 in Port Orchard, Washington;
a retreat for men. Breaking Down Barriers
and Overcoming Distrust. Call Rev. Arthur
Cribbs at 216/ 736 2201 for info.
• June 10-11 in York, PA; Ecumenical Vi-
sion, the Mercersburg Convocation and
Forum. Call 717/ 848 1775 for info.
• My 13-17 at Columbia Theological Semi-
nary: The Transition from Seminary to the
FirstParisk. CaU 404/687 4562 for info.
• f|^g^3-6, 1999 in Chicago: Faith Od-
yssey, an experience for church educators,
pastors, and educational leaders.
IMniGS Office: 800/807 »83
Church & Ministry Committees Gather
The Church and Ministry Committees serving the four
Associations of the Southeast Conference gathered for a retreat with
Rev. Gene Kraus of the Office for Church Life and LeadersMp on
March 6-7. The purpose of the retreat was to review the ways in
which the groups can collaborate more fully across the Conference.
The groups agreed that the following things could be done
• develop guidelines for clergy compensation, and put
thc^'g^^^elines^kto the hands of all congregations and
• conduct a written periodic review for all people holding
Ministerial Standing in the Southeast Conference
• distribute scholarship money to deserving candidates who
are In-Care in the Conference, and who hold church
membership in a church in the Southeast Conference
develop continued education events and clergy retreats
• develop a retreat for non-parish clergy
• conduct a recognition for all In-Care students at the
Aimual Meeting of the Conference
• establish career and psychological reviews, and
evaluations for all candidates who are entering In-Care
status, or for all clergy from other denominations who
wish to transfer to the United Church of Christ.
The four association Church and Ministry Committees look
forward to developing these and other opportunities for cooperation
in the coming months.
Covenant for Renewal Team Begins Training
February 8-9, fifteen clergy and laity gathered in Chattanooga
to be trained as Leaders for the Covenant for Renewal program.
The retreat was led by John Mingus, our interim Conference Asso-
ciate for Congregational Renewal and Development. Those gath-
ered spent time together identifying needs in congregations of the
Southeast Conference, and ways in which the Team can reaeh out to
congregations by inviting th^ to join the Covenant.
The mission statement of Covenant for Renewal team is
God is calling us to work within the framework of our cov-
enants, to support the renewal of the churches of the South-
east Conference as they seek to be and to do aU that God
created th^ to be and to do.
The Conference wilfit^Siihle teams of people to guide congre-
gations as they identify their vision, and then find ways to move
toward God's future for then- congregation. The Covenant for Re-
newal wiU be ah invitation for congregations to grow in the ways
that they believe God is calling them to grow, and to join in a cov-
enant of mutual supportjwth. other ^i^g^gation^^ with the South-
east Conference, ^ifS'^'fe<Jod^ ""'^^^^^^^^^
John Mingus will introduce the Covenant for Renewal m a work-
shop at the Annual Meeting, June 12-14. ■.- : .
• Eleanor G. Scovill, wife of Donald
Scovill for57years, inNovember.
• Bob Peepies, pastor emeritus of
Pleasant HiU Commimity Ghuich
• Chris and LomaHester, from ayouth
trip van accident in March. (No one
was seriously hurt - sorry we missed
this last month.)
• United Congregational, LaGrange
(OA) voted 25-10-2 to withdraw
from the United Church of Christ
• Pilgrimage UCC, Marietta voted to
become ^en & AfiSrming
• Cheri Lovell, May 24 at Central
Congregational in Atlanta
The Board of Directors of the Southeast Conference met
on January 9, and took the following actions:
• Received with regret the resignations of Nancy Donny
and Dan Rosemergy from Board membership
• Elected Budd Friend-Jones to the Chair of the
Commission on Chm-ch and Ministry, and Milton Hurst
to the Chair of the Commissionbn Church Development
and Evangelism _
• Appointed Arthuf-I36ml3y of Atlanta as Conference
• Authorized establishment of a Scholarship Committee
• Increased the Conference contribution to National
. OCWM to a total of S20,000 for 1998
• Acted to transfer S5,000 from the Visions '91 Campaign,
plus up to $2,000 from the remainmg balance at the end
of 1 998, to the work of the Allen Retreat Center
• Received a report that the Conference is working with
the Board for Homeland Ministries to explore tiie feasi-;
bility of an African- American church start in Atlanta
• Received a report that no more funding is being pro-
vided to Covenant Church in Columbia, SC
Complete Annual Meeting schedule and reservation infor-
mation is included in a pull-out section in the Spring issues
of Southeast News.
1888 BCWM Contributions to dato
as of March 31, 1998
Aladama - TannessBB AssBciatlen
Birmingham, First Congregational $ 2,500.
Birmin^am, Pilgrim Congregational UCC 1,626.
Chattanooga, Pilgrim Congregational UCC 2,496.
Crossville, Grace Community UCC 600.
Crossville, United Christian Church UCWF 1 50.
Deer Lodge Congi egalional UCC 300.
Fairfield Glade Community Church 950.
Garden City Congregational Christian 1 25 .
Montgomery, Community Congregational UCC 2,850.
Nashville, First United Church of Christ 1250.
Nashville, Howard Congregational UCC 1 00.
South Alabama - Narthwsst Florida Aaaosilatldn
Brantley, Liberty Congregational $ 100.
Gsflrgla - South Carolina Assoolatlou
Atlanta, Central Congregational UCC
Atlanta, RushMemorial Congregational UCC
Charleston, Circular Congregational UCC
Jonesboro^ampton, Trinity UCC
Marietta, Pilgrimage UCC
TOTAL GA-SC $11,148.
East Alabama - West Goorgia Assoolatlou
Lanett Congregational Christian UCC S
Pine Mountain, Oak Grove Congreg- Christian
Roanoke, New Hope Congregatioiial Christian
Roanoke, North Main Congregationai Christian
Wadley, Corinth Christian .
Woodbury, Jones Chapel Uni|BdGcmgsrBg.G^ - ~
Is it tune-up time for your marriage? Bill and Amy Chew are
offering a Marriage Encounter Weekend inHuntsville, AL June
5-7. If you want to put a spark back into your relationship, call
the Chews for more information. Infeti^tipn is not reserved
forthe young! Call 256/882 3727 6fe-maii:w^b%^^m.c^^
Have crafts, books, bumper stickers or buttons you'd like to
display or sell at the Annual Meeting? Space is available for
"boutique" and informational tables -just call Gerry Hudson
in the Conference office to request a reservation.
Thanks to the efforts of the Southeast Disaster Relief initiative
and other groups, memb^s of burned church Oak Grove OME
Church in Birmingham broke ground for their new building site on
• The AIDS Nationallnterfaith
Network has published a 56-
page report on how American
faith communities respond to
the AIDS epidemic. Copies
are available for $5 - call 212/
• The story oftheUCC's global
ministries is told in an excel-
lent video, Sharing Life in
Christ. For a copy, call 800/
325 7061 ($15). A variety of
other UCBWM materials and
study guides are available in
the Conference office.
• The Justice & Peace Ministry
offers materials for its monthly
Action Issues. TheA^ril/May
issue is Global Warming. Call
216/736 2178 for information.
• The UCBHM offers materials
especially designed to support
youth ministry leaders, fryou
would like a packet or infor-
mation, call Gordon Svoboda
at 216/736 3800.
• Interested in establishing a re-
lationship with a missionary?
Contact Sandra Rooney at the
UCBWM, 216/736 3208:
• The Mercersburg Society has
published papers from its 1997
forum. A copy is available in
fte Conference office. ■
• Authority and the Church, a
working document from the
Confessing Christ Steering
Committee, is available from
the Conference office. ,
School resources are available
from United Church Press. If
you haven't received a packet
of materials, call 800/537
The United Church Insurance
Board may be able to decrease
your church's msurance costs,
while improving your overall
coverage! The Board will of-
fer a workshop at the Annual
Meeting ~ in the meantime, in-
formation is available from the
Congregations, the journal of
the AJban Institute, is available
in the Conference office each
Copies of "The Relationship of
Standing to Faith and Order m
the UCC," remarks delivered
by Bill Hulteen at a February
conference, are available from
the Conference office.
A new video, Restructuring:
A UCC Town Hall, answers
questions related to the
in 2000. In addition, a work-
shop about the church's big
transition will be held at the
Annud Meeting m June.
The United Church of Christ has established
a Formula of Agreement with the Presbyte-
rian Church USA that will enable our de-
nominations to be in fiiU communion. A
festival service will be held on October 4,
1998 in Chicago
The UCC is also in conversation with the
Alliance of Baptists - an alliance of indi-
viduals and churches dedicated to the pres-
ervation of historic Baptist principles, free-
doms, and traditions.
The American Bible Society is committing
$5 million to an Internet service, setting
aside a free Web page for each of North
America's estimated 300,000 churches and
congregations. Check out the ABS church
^[B eLwww.housesoJworshjp.net. .^SJj^
Cellular telephone companies have discov-
ered a new way to hide their ugly antenna
towers - put then inside church steeples!
Wellesley (Wage) Congregational UCC in
MA earn $72,000 each year from "steeple
On March 8, the re-creation of the slave
ship Amistad began vwth a keel-laying cer-
emony in Mystic Seaport, CT. The
UCBHM has pledged $225,000 for this
important maritime project. When com-
pleted in 2000, the 81-foot, $3.1-million
wooden schooner will serve as a jHoating
classroom on race relations.
Empty 35mm film canisters are finding new
life in Rhode Island as shampoo containers
for the homeless. Check with your local
Traveler's Aide to see if they have a similar
project in your area.
The UCC Scripture Project has received an
overwhehning response — more than 1,650
local congregations are participating in the
Bible study and sun^ey. The results of the
project will be published as a report to the
UCC's General Synod in 1999.
Have you check out the UCC website
lately? It has lectionaiy resources for pas-
tors and lay leaders (Samuel), ecumenical
info and links, pages on 'What We Believe,"
a database of UCC churches and more. To
find the page, jixsi type m www.ucc.org.
APR 24-25 Conference Board of Directors Meeting
Central Congregational UCC, Atlanta
MAY 1 South Alabama/Northwest Florida Leaders Meeting
time and location to be announced
MAY 1 Annual Reports due
to Southeast Conference office
MAY 2 Georgia/South Carolina Church & Ministry Committee
Pilgrimage UCC, Marietta
MAY 5 South Dekalb Search Committee Meeting
First Congregational, Birmingham
JUNE 12-14 Southeast Conference Annual Meeting
Simpsonwood Retreat Center, Atlanta
TUESDAYS, APR 14 - MAY 26
UCG polity course with Tun Downs and Dan Sack at Columbia Theologica] Seminary (Although no
academic credit is offered, course counts for ordination polity reqmrement.)
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